3DGeo Hydrologic Landforms and Hydrography Workgroup: Member Bios
See the workgroup's webpage for more information about the group and member contact info.
- Ann Banitt is a licensed professional engineer in the State of
Minnesota. She graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of
Minnesota-Twin Cities. Ms. Banitt has worked for the U.S Army Corps of
Engineers Saint Paul District since 1991 and specializes in hydrologic and
hydraulic engineering. Ms. Banitt serves as a representative for the USACE’s
National Committee on Hydrology, the Mississippi River Valley Division
Regional Technical Specialist in Hydrologic Modeling, Statistics and Risk,
and is a member of the Climate Preparedness and Resilience Working group.
Her interests include hydrologic modeling of extreme events, reservoir
modeling, statistical hydrology and climate change impacts on inland
- Andrea Bergman is a GIS Hydrologist with MNIT@DNR working with
the Ecological and Water Resources Division (EWR). Her educational
background is in Geography, GIS, and Water Resources. She is currently a
technical data steward for EWR hydrography data products including the
Public Waters Inventory, National Wetlands Inventory, and Lakes Database.
She also spent nine years as the data administrator for the DNR Water
Monitoring and Surveys unit, responsible for the collection, development,
analysis and publication of stream monitoring data.
- Jen Crea is with the Data Administration & GIS Unit at MNIT@PCA.
She has supported hydrography work for Pollution Control since 2000. She
uses the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) to produce datasets to support
water quality programs related to standards, assessments, monitoring, and
impairments. She is the State Steward for NHD.
- Matt Drewitz is a hydrologist and serves as the Measures and Outcomes
Coordinator for the Board of Water and Soil Resources. He graduated from Minnesota
State University-Mankato with an M.S. in Environmental Science and from Gustavus Adolphus
College with a B.A. in Biology. Matt has 20 years of experience working with local and
State government agencies on water quality related issues. He is currently coordinating
two LiDAR-dependent projects: the Tillage and Erosion Survey Project and the continued
development of the PTMApp software program.
- Tyler Grupa: Bio will be added
- Tom Hollenhorst is an ecologist with the U.S. EPA Office of
Research and Development, Mid Continent Ecology Division, in Duluth. He has
been applying GIS and remote sensing technologies to ecologic research since
1991. He’s particularly interested in utilizing high resolution elevation
data for improved watershed delineations, better hydrologic models, and
improved ecosystem assessments.
- Brandon Krumwiede serves as the Great Lakes geospatial
coordinator and remote sensing specialist with the Baldwin Group at NOAA’s
Office for Coastal Management (OCM) located in Chanhassen, MN. He received
his M.S. in geography from the University of Montana, his B.S. in geography
from Bemidji State University, and currently holds both a GISP and Certified
Geospatial Intelligence Professional Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
certification. He currently works with topo/bathy LiDAR, multibeam,
multispectral, and hyperspectral datasets to address various coastal
- Rick Moore is a GIS Analyst - LiDAR Data Steward with Minnesota
IT Services Partnering with the Department of Natural Resources. He
graduated from MSU Mankato in 2004 with an M.S. degree in Geography
specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has a BS degree in
Geography from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He focuses on
hydro-modification of digital elevation models (DEM) and terrain analysis
using DEMs derived from LiDAR. These hydro-modified DEMs are inputs for
hydrologic modeling as well as in applications that target potential
locations for agricultural conservation practices. Prior to coming to MNIT@DNR,
he worked at the Water Resources Center at Minnesota State University
Mankato from 2007 - 2015.
- Christiane Roy is a GIS Specialist with the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). She graduated from North Dakota
State University with a Masters in Wetland Ecology and later acquired her
Professional GIS Degree. She worked for the Kansas Department of Wildlife
and Parks as the State Furbearer Biologist for 8 years. In 2004 she moved to
Minnesota to work for NRCS as a GIS Specialist. Following LiDAR acquisition
in SE MN, Christiane focused on developing models that utilized LiDAR to
improve site-specific watershed modeling and conservation planning. She also
trains and supports NRCS and SWCD field staff on use and application of GIS.
Today every planner in NRCS uses LiDAR for deriving conservation practice
location. The development of the ACPF models was an important milestone for
NRCS and its dependency on hydro-modeling makes it even more crucial to
finalize a Hydro-DEM product statewide.
- Kiah Sagami is a GIS Analyst at Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI)
with more than 10 years of experience performing GIS analysis, mapping, and
database design. Kiah also uses her GIS skills for cartographic mapping,
floodplain mapping, parcel mapping, and geo-database editing. Her GIS
efforts often center around water resources; whether it be creating
hydro-conditioned digital elevation models or gathering land use data,
Kiah’s mapping abilities are integral to a variety projects.
- Jamie Schulz is the GIS Coordinator with MNIT@DNR with the
Section of Fisheries. She started with the DNR in 1999 working as a Resource
Specialist for Parks while earning her Masters in GIS from Saint Mary’s
University. She has worked for the Section of Fisheries since 2001 and
concentrated on DNR’s watercourse GIS data layers for the last 17 years,
including the Stream Routes with Kittle Numbers and Mile Measures layer and
all derived data (Designated Trout, Strahler Stream Order, Major River).
Attribution is an important part of these GIS data layers and continuous
efforts to improve the accuracy of the attributes is a strong focus. Current
efforts include looking to how technology can help improve the hydrography
layers to represent how water flows and is stored across the landscape.
- Sean Vaughn is a GIS hydrologist with the Minnesota DNR, Division of Ecological and Water Resources. Sean has been with the Minnesota DNR since 1989. For the last twelve years, he has been the lead GIS specialist and project manager for the DNR Watershed Delineation Project. Sean has many years of experience working with raster data, developing statewide GIS datasets, and creating hydrologically conditioned Digital Elevation Models for Minnesota. He is particularly interested in the development of statewide LiDAR-derived products for utilization in watershed delineation, hydrography identification, and hydrologic analysis.